Magisterial probe begins in Hoshiarpur encounter case - ECAS Punjab

Magisterial probe begins in Hoshiarpur encounter case

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 10

A magisterial probe has begun into an alleged fake encounter in which a Hoshiarpur resident, identified as Inderjit Singh, a carjacking suspect, was gunned down by the police near the Manawala toll plaza on Tuesday night.

Subdivisional Magistrate Vikas Hira has been entrusted with the probe even as the family members of the deceased have demanded investigation by an independent agency.

The family has requested that the entire post-mortem examination be videographed. They said the CCTV footage of the toll plaza and other places near the site, besides the SUV, which was allegedly snatched by Inderjit Singh from Ambala, be preserved.

The SDM visited the spot and met the family members regarding the case. "As far as videography of the autopsy is concerned, it is a normal procedure and we have got it videographed," he said, while adding that the authorities concerned had been asked to preserve the vehicle and the CCTV footage of the cameras near the spot. He said the statements of the family members and police personnel would be taken for further probe.

Police sources said Inderjit suffered two bullet injuries — one in his chest and the second one in his leg. The bullet in the chest pierced his lungs and hit the heart which proved fatal for him, they said.

Maninderpal, brother of the deceased, said Inderjit had lost his job during the lockdown and had started working as a driver. He had taken a family to Lucknow for a marriage function. From there, he was returning in a bus, said Maninderpal. He added that Inderjit had told them that the battery of his mobile phone was on the verge of being exhausted. He said thereafter, they just got a call from the Hoshiarpur police that he was killed in an encounter in Jandiala. The family members sought a probe from an independent agency.

Inderjit was shot dead by the CIA staff of the Amritsar city police near Manawala toll plaza on Tuesday while he succumbed to bullet injuries on Wednesday.

Following the encounter, a case was registered against him on the charge of a murder bid.

from The Tribune

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